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Man Attempts Carjacking of Vehicle Made for Wheelchair

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Heather Sturgill's car is modified for her power wheelchair. 

There's a huge ramp that blocks access to the inside of the car when the ramp is up.  After a screaming match between Heather and the suspect trying to steal her vehicle, he finally got out of her car.

Sturgill wasn't expecting any company while she waited at a traffic light.  But, police say a man seen in a surveillance picture, forced his way into her car.

"So he came in through that space, backside first," she said.

Heather was at the intersection of Chase and Kirby in Northside.  At first, she paid little attention to the man and woman who walked in front of her vehicle.

"She continues on the Marathon station.  He comes around the passenger side of my car, opens the door."

Heather says when the man fell into her car he tried to get her to drive by threatening her.

"'Drive or you're gonna get shot' and I just keep screaming, 'No! Get outta my car!'"

Heather refused to drive despite his threats, opening the door for the suspect to leave.

"And he finally gets out and walks over to the Marathon station, like this is an everyday occurrence for him."

The gas station's surveillance cameras captured video of the man and the woman with him.  Heather says she felt violated, but also angry.

"This is my car, I've worked hard for this.  This is my community.  How dare you do that in my community."

The man did not hurt Heather and he never showed a gun despite his threats.  She says the whole incident happened very fast and she is grateful that the gas station's cameras caught video of the man.

If you have any information that can help police call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.




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